John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK -- A freshman Democratic lawmaker in the North Dakota House of Representatives declined to comment on social media posts she shared comparing President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler Thursday, March 21.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers approved a bill banning the storage and disposal of high-level radioactive waste in the state Wednesday, March 20. Senate Bill 2037 passed in an 88-4 vote. The Senate will have to agree with changes made by the House before it moves to Gov. Doug Burgum.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate voted to prevent local governments from regulating plastic bags and other containers Wednesday, March 20. House Bill 1200 passed in a 31-14 vote and now moves to Gov. Doug Burgum. If he signs it, political subdivisions wouldn't be able to ban, restrict or impose fees on an "auxiliary container," which encompasses bags, cups, straws and other packaging made from plastic, paper, aluminum and other materials.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota senators agreed to study data privacy issues after national scandals grabbed headlines and prompted congressional hearings Wednesday, March 20.
BISMARCK — North Dakota senators easily rejected a bill seeking to tap earnings from the state's oil tax piggy bank to replace state income taxes Wednesday, March 20.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate agreed to repeal the state's ban on Sunday morning shopping Tuesday, March 19. The Senate approved House Bill 1097 in a 25-21 vote, sending it to Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican who has already signaled his intent to sign the legislation undoing the so-called "blue law." Senators narrowly defeated a similar bill in 2017.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Republican state senator from Mayville has resigned due to health issues. Arne Osland, who was in his second session in the state Legislature, notified Legislative Management Chairman Sen. Ray Holmberg of his resignation in a letter dated Monday, March 18. "It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of District 20 in the North Dakota state Senate," Osland wrote. "At this time, due to health reasons, I will unfortunately have to resign my seat in the North Dakota state Senate."
BISMARCK — North Dakota cities would be prevented from raising their minimum wages above the state mandate under a bill sent to Gov. Doug Burgum Monday, March 18, although officials in the state’s major municipalities said the idea isn’t on their radar. The North Dakota Senate approved House Bill 1193 in a 35-11 vote Monday, a month after House lawmakers passed it.
BISMARCK — A bipartisan group of North Dakota legislative leaders are backing a proposal to make it harder for lawmakers to spend earnings from the state's ballooning Legacy Fund. A Senate committee heard testimony on House Concurrent Resolution 3055 Monday, March 18. It would require earnings from the oil tax piggy bank to be transferred back to its principal rather than the state's general fund, where it's up for grabs in the Legislature.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota House committee will consider a proposal backed by GOP leaders that would make it harder for citizens to tweak the state constitution Wednesday, March 20. Senate Concurrent Resolution 4015 would require constitutional amendments to pass with a 60 percent majority at the ballot box. It would also double the number of signatures required to put a constitutional measure on the ballot and move up the deadline for submitting a petition.